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hiring an architect...fees?

So we are trying to put a second floor on our 1960s rambler in Washington state, adding between 800-1000 sq feet, plus remodeling the living/dining room without changing the footprint We happened to meet this architect, who seems wonderful, and has proposed drawing up the plans....for $13,000. This will probably be 10% of the cost of the remodel. Is this reasonable??? We have no idea.

We are going to meet with another architect, too but did really like this guy. Some people have just told us to skip the architect and go to a general contractor but this makes me a little uncomfortable since we are adding a whole other story.

Any thoughts??? Thanks in advance for the advice!

Re: hiring an architect...fees?

Ten percent is a typical charge of the entire project. This will also include his supervision of the project while it is being built. If you feel competent to supervise the project yourself or can hire a competent general contractor you can have him bill you on an hourly basis for drawing up the plans. This could be anywhere between $150 to $250 per hour depending on his experience and area of the country. This would keep the cost down.

Re: hiring an architect...fees?

You actually don't need plans from an architect for an addition this size, if you can draw them yourself. However, most folks can't draw plans that will be approved by the building department, so they seek the help of a professional architect.

The fee is a little on the high side. You may want to look for other estimates. You can also use an experienced draftsman, who has been drafting for an architect, who will be willing to do it as a side job, for less. Just ask around. Some GCs are good too in creating plans.

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